Working Out Using Manuals and Videos
If you want to work out but don’t have the time or money to spend on joining a gym, working out with books and videos or DVDs may be the way to go. For many, these mediums provide great workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home and in your own time.
The props that you need are minimal and will depend on the workout video you are using. You can also make substitutions for some things. For instance, if you need weights for a particular segment, try using filled water bottles or soup cans.
One of the best things about working out along with a book or video is that you can exercise at your own speed. If you don’t get a particular exercise move right away you can go back and look again and again until you have it right. You can also stop and start as needed. A video or book allows you the flexibility to work out when you can and to stop and continue as necessary.
A video or manual workout will also allow you flexibility in your workout routine. You’re not stuck with one class or one instructor and you can vary your workouts to make an exercise regime you will enjoy. You don’t need to worry about how you look or what you’ll wear to the gym. A video workout is truly a come as you are event.
One of the downfalls of using a video or a manual is that you don’t get the one-on-one instruction you do from a live class. If the moves are complicated or confusing you may not be sure you are doing them correctly. This can be a problem with many exercises that can actually cause harm if done improperly.
Another potential down side to using a video or manual is that they don’t provide the sense of motivation that comes with a live class. The instructor in the video often tries to be upbeat and motivating but since you can turn it off at any time is not as effective as a live person. Also, having others in the class provides additional motivation and stimulation that you just don’t get with a video. You may want to use a video workout with a friend, thus providing support for each other and making the exercise more fun.
Video and manual workouts can be a great source of exercise routine and can be very helpful for those who want to supplement their routines or just don’t have the time or money to join a gym.